Contact: Jennifer Syltie Johnson
American Public Media
Scott Jagow Named Host of Marketplace Morning Report®
(Los Angeles) January 20, 2006 — Veteran host and reporter Scott Jagow has been named one of two permanent hosts of American Public Mediaís Marketplace Morning Report. Jagow has served as interim host since August 2005 when Kai Ryssdal was named host of the Marketplace and Marketplace Money programs.
"We are excited about Scott’s new role at Marketplace. He has a great background in both radio and TV journalism. But what got him one of the signature jobs at Marketplace was his wry sense of humor and his willingness to take creative risks," said J.J. Yore, executive producer of Marketplace and vice president of programming at American Public Media. "Scott also will play a key role in our reinvention of the Marketplace Morning Report to make it even more global, more responsive to breaking news, and more inventive in its sound."
Before joining Marketplace in October of 2004, Jagow was the local host of Morning Edition at WFAE in Charlotte, N.C. It was his involvement with public radio that drew him to Marketplace.
"I would hear the Marketplace Morning Report twice a day, plus the weekday evening Marketplace show and think, ‘they sound like they are having a blast out there’," said Jagow. "I loved the writing and the humor and the style. When it was time for me to leave WFAE, I looked at a few places, but I had my heart set on Marketplace." Jagow will work alongside a second host of Marketplace Morning Report to be named soon.
Marketplace is a portfolio of programs that includes the Marketplace weekday afternoon program, the weekday Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, an hour-long weekend program focusing on personal finance. The programs are heard each week by approximately eight million listeners according to Arbitron estimates — more than any other business program on radio or television.
In its 16th year, Los Angeles-based Marketplace has won numerous awards, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award and a George Foster Peabody award. Marketplace segments revolve around money and business, people, local economies and the world with the signature Marketplace sound and wit. Marketplace desks include Entrepreneurship; Sustainability; Innovation in Raleigh, N.C., in partnership with WUNC; Work and Family; Health in partnership with WGBH in Boston; and the Americaís Desk in Miami, Fla., in partnership with WLRN. Marketplace also has bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., London and Beijing.